Screen Roller Blinds

During our daily visits to architects, interior designers and our customers homes,  we notice that screen fabrics are a really popular choice when selecting roller blind fabrics. Here, our blog will explain the pros and cons of using screen fabric for roller blinds in your office, school or homes.

Pros: With white being a fresh, neutral colour, white works in with any colour scheme that you may be working with which is one reason why it is commonly selected. Our screen fabrics also provide privacy whilst still allowing  in natural light but filtering out direct sunlight, but beware, at night time from outside, silhouettes or shadows can be visible if the interior lighting is on and in some cases, depending on the screen openness, can be completely transparent.

Cons: The main issue we advise upon with white screen fabrics is their performance at reducing glare which is poor. This is particularly an issue in a school or office environment and even in your own home where poor glare control affects productivity and sometimes does not effectively deal with the glare on computer screens or TV’s. Whilst screen fabric reduces heat by reflecting the solar energy, if white is selected in colour, the white yarns of a white standard screen fabric creates a huge amount glare from the fabric itself and of diffused light where can in some instances, it can increase rather than reduce glare.




A common myth that white fabrics give better vision through a fabric than a darker fabric is another reason why white can be sometimes requested. This is far from the truth because the human eye focuses on light not darkness. A charcoal or dark screen fabric at the window means we focus on the light resulting in us seeing beyond the fabric and allows us to focus and see more of the outside world. Another drawback of white is that it can get dirty and can show dirt and other marks quite easily. If a PVC coated fiberglass screen fabric is being selected, this may not apply as such marks can be wiped off with a damp cloth.


The Advantages Of Roman Blinds Over Curtains

Roman Blinds


Clean Lines

If you are lucky enough to have bay windows in your home, sometimes curtains don’t always allow you to take advantage of the window in which you could otherwise install a window seat. However, with Roman blinds being so compact and clean-cut, falling straight without wasting any space they can be an ideal window covering.

Roman Blinds



Lining Options 

Roman blinds are between blinds and curtains and they also block out the same amount of light as lined curtains through a blackout lining. Also available with an Interlining, this can add fullness to your new blinds. If you’re looking to add colour to your room, Roman blinds act as a canvas of sorts, introducing bold floral prints, for instance, when down and allowing natural light to flood the room when open.

Roman Blinds

Maximise Your Light

When considering your windows for Roman Blinds, we love installing Blinds above your window recess. This allows more light into the room when the blind is in the open position and also frames the window in a more elegant way giving an overall better finish to your window dressings. Roman Blinds


Contemporary and Classic

Whether your home is modern or traditional, or a mix of the two, Roman blinds we can offer a choice that suits an array of interiors. For a contemporary finish, choose plain, neutral colours and defined patterns such as stripes or geometrics. For a classic finish, consider floral and damask with vibrant tones.





Blinds For Tilt And Turn Windows

blinds for tilt and turn windows
Perfect Fit Blind In Golden Oak

At Acorn Blinds, we got lots of call from customers looking for blinds for tilt and turn windows.  Customers have been telling us that they have been informed that they cant have any blinds to others being told that every window blind is suitable. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that Tilt And Turn windows are designed to be used an as escape. In the event of a fire this is your exit point. If we, as a responsible company, provide or install a blind that is going to restrict your exit, it would be irresponsible and negligent of us.

So what are your options for blinds for tilt and turn windows?

blinds for tilt and turn windows
Outside Mounted Roller Blind

We have the most popular Perfect Fit Blinds available in Roller Blinds, Aluminium Venetian and Pleated Blinds to choose from. With a variety of frames to available, our colours include – White, Brown, Golden Oak and Anthracite.

An alternative to a perfect fit blinds for tilt and turn windows, we would also recommend an outside mounted Roller Blind or Roman Blind. When the blind is fully drawn up, the window is fully accessible which means that your exit is not restricted. An outside mounted Roller Blind, it is important to include an extra few Inches on the width. This is to ensure that the full window is covered. With our elegant bracket covers, we ensure that the unsightly look of the brackets are hidden from view. This just adds to the overall look of your new window blinds.

Our Perfect Fit Blinds, we install a 4 sided frame around the glazing of your window. Your new window blind is then housed inside of this frame.  The frame is then attached to your window using our specially designed clips that are inserted between the glazing unit and the window slips. This ensures that the blind moves with the window allowing the window to tilt, turn and pivot without restriction.


If you want to contact us to discuss options available for your tilt and turn windows, call us on 021-480 6684



Buying The Best Blinds For Your Home

Window blindsBuying The Best Blinds For Your Home are simply coverings that provide your home with privacy, security and decoration. Blinds can a provide many different features like soundproofing, controlling the amount of light that enters your home and much more. Now more than ever there is so much choice when it comes to blinds. This huge choice can be a blessing but also overwhelming. It’s hard to know exactly what window covering you need and how to get the best option for your home. We are here to help you to make sure you end up buying the best blinds for your home.

One of the most important things you must do when in the market for blinds is asking yourself plenty of questions and do a full analysis of your home. How many blinds do you want and need? Decide whether you want your room bright, airy or cosier. What style blinds do you want to decorate your home with; basic, chic or the best quality? What colour options are you considering for your blinds? Sometimes this can be influenced by the colour of the paint in the room that you are getting the blinds for. What is your budget? What is the sizes and dimensions of the window or windows you are getting covered? Do you want special fabrics, patterns, and features? All of these questions are important to ask yourself before buying your blinds as they will help you make the right decision.

Here are some Tips we have come up with for Buying Blinds:-

  • Do a full analysis of your home answering the questions above
  • Take note of the function of each room before buying your window blinds
  • Set a fixed or an adjustable budget for the purchase of your coverings
  • Adjust the features of your blinds according to the features of your windows
  • Determine the amount of light you need to be blocked by your blinds
  • Ask an expert, Google or check videos online on how to measure window blinds as this will be critical to fitting, cost and look etc
  • Check out the latest design trends for blinds that will match your home
  • Decide what features you would like i.e light filtering, slats, blackout etc

There are a lot of variables and factors that should be considered when it comes to making a final decision on what type of blinds you are going to purchase. Our advice is to do your research, ask yourself plenty of important questions and know what you want from your blinds. If you would like to get more info, call us on 021-480-6684 or visit us online today to see our full range of window blinds and coverings.

Blinds & Child Safety

There is a variety of window blind options on the market today. No matter what type of blinds you have in your home there is a slew of different control systems to operate them. With these control systems comes pros, but also, some cons to consider. Blinds can cause accidents amongst young children when they are left unsupervised. The home should be a place where your children are safe and protected at all times. Any potentially harmful objects should be eliminated and out of reach of all children. The cords and chains of window blinds are exactly that. Young children can mess with these and potentially get caught in the loop of cords and chains.Blinds & Child Safety

We at Acorn blinds understand children and how they behave and know how important it is for a child to be kept safe and secure. Because of this, all of our blinds either have a cord-free mechanism or come with a safety device in line with the latest European regulations. By law, all blind designs with cords or chains must be secured with a child safety device, whether or not you have children living with you. Children may visit your home from time to time so it is essential they are secured. Also if you decide to move, the blinds that you leave behind must be safe for the new homeowners to avoid any harmful incidents.

Our Roman, Venetian, Wooden and free-hang Pleated blinds are installed with a cleat for the controls to be wrapped around. This device is fitted at a height of at least 1.5 metres from the ground so small children can’t access it. Our Roller, Vertical and deluxe Roman blinds are fitted with a hook to keep the controls taut.

Breakaway blind components are another safety feature of certain blinds that we stock, which sense when a certain amount of force is placed upon them. These are also easy to reassemble if you pull a control too hard and they end up breaking away accidentally. We will take care of installing the appropriate child safety devices for you on the day of fitting.

If you would like to learn more about our blinds visit us online or call us today on 021-480-6684.